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Research Assistant

Brown University
Providence, RI

The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University is looking for research assistants for the 2014-2015 academic year. Our lab offers three tracks for research assistants: Clinical Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Humanities.

The Clinical Science track is ideal for applicants who are seeking clinical training and plan to go to medical school or clinical psychology graduate programs. This track gives RAs a broad range of clinical and scientific skills while maximizing facetime and providing training in clinical and diagnostic assessments of clinical patients. RAs in the clinical science track receive training in:

• Phone screens of community samples
• Structured Clinical Interviews for Diagnosis (SCIDs)
• Clinician Administered Inventory for Depression Symptomatology (IDS)

The Behavioral Neuroscience track is for successful applicants that are more interested in receiving behavioral neuroscience training than clinical research experience. In lieu of the patient facetime and clinical assessment, basic science RAs dedicate more time to laboratory-based assessments and neuropsychological performance testing as well as data entry and analysis. RAs in this track will be involved in analyzing laboratory-based tasks that assess:

• Emotion Regulation
• Self-Reference
• Sustained Attention, executive function, meta-cognition
• Sleep, sleepiness, fatigue, affect

While those in the science tracks are involved in measuring the brain activity of different types of meditation in the context of clinical trials, successful applicants in the Humanities Track will investigate the “varieties of contemplative experience” through qualitative interviews, coded analysis, and historical and textual research. Humanities Track RAs conduct and analyze qualitative interviews with meditation teachers (e.g., Jack Kornfield, Fr. Thomas Keating), scholars (e.g., Bhikku Analayo) and meditators in a range of traditions, including Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions. To prepare for these interviews, background research is conducted into these contemplative traditions drawing from traditional textual sources as well as contemporary writings, podcasts, other interviews etc. Research assistants then transcribe interviews and code them into categories of experience, interpretations and other themes using qualitative software (NVivo). Content from interviews is then analyzed, and through additional historical, textual, and psychological research, the analysis contributes towards a paper aimed at eventual publication. RAs in this track have gone on to MA and PhD programs in a range of fields (Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies) and found that their experience in this track set them apart from other applicants upon applying to these graduate programs. RAs in the Humanities Track will receive training in:

• Qualitative methodology (grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography etc.)
• Qualitative analysis software (NVivo), a powerful tool with incredible potential for research in the Humanities
• Religion and spirituality surveys
• Researching the history, philosophy, and psychology of contemplative traditions
• Controlled comparison of select phenomena from contemplative practices and traditions

All Research Assistants are expected to work 5-15 hours per week (minimum of 80 hours per semester) in addition to training and weekly lab meetings. Additionally, successful applicants must be able to commit to working in the lab for at least one full academic year.

Please send a cover letter, CV, transcript of grades, and a letter of recommendation to Willoughby Britton and Jared Lindahl britton.lab@gmail.com.

Contact person:
Willoughby Britton and Jared Lindahl
britton.lab@gmail.com

 

Assistant Project Coordinator for the Varieties of Contemplative Experience project

Brown University
Providence, RI

The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University is seeking a part-time Assistant Project Coordinator to engage in Humanistic research within the interdisciplinary Varieties of Contemplative Experience project.

Duties include:
• transcribe, verify, & code interviews with meditation teachers, scholars, & practitioners
• analyze coded data with NVivo software
• development of a meditation experiences scale
• historical and textual research into contemplative practices and experiences
• oversee undergraduate humanities-track Research Assistants in the Britton Lab

Requirements:
• graduate-level course-work in the Humanities or Social Sciences (History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Cognitive Science or an allied field)
• interest in contemplative practices and experiences
• ability to work both independently and collaboratively
• experience with qualitative research methods preferred

Terms & Conditions:
• attend training at The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab at Brown University
• 20 hours per week at $17/hour
• 2-year commitment

Please send a cover letter, CV, transcript of grades, and a letter of recommendation to both Willoughby Britton and Jared Lindahl (Willoughby_Britton@brown.edu, Jared_Lindahl@Brown.edu). Position remains open until filled.

Contact person:
Willoughby Britton and Jared Lindahl
Willoughby_Britton@brown.edu, Jared_Lindahl@Brown.edu

 

Housemate for Therapeutic Household

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health
Northampton, MA

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health is seeking housemates.A housemate lives with a person experiencing significant emotional distress (e.g., depression, schizophrenia, trauma, etc.) who needs a high level of support and interaction in their recovery process. Windhorse uses a mindfulness-based philosophy in working with these individuals. Each household is fully supported by a clinical team. This is an excellent opportunity for a well-grounded person interested in supporting those seeking recovery and well-being. It is an opportunity for self-growth and work within the human services. Specific experience in this field is not required. Being engaged in a personal contemplative discipline (e.g., meditation, yoga, etc.) would be supportive to this job.

Benefits include a monthly stipend of $675, rent and utilities are paid for, a $300/month food allowance, the freedom to work up to 25 hours per week at another job, ongoing individual and group training and supervision. We ask a minimum of a six month commitment. Read more about the job on our website at: www.windhorseimh.org

Interested? Send a cover letter to frontoffice@windhorseimh.org and/or call Cynthia Johnson at 413-586-0207 X118 by August 1, 2014.

Contact person:
Cynthia Johnson
frontoffice@windhorseimh.org

 

Functional MRI (fMRI) Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doc position investigating the neural effects of attention, working memory, and mindfulness training in the Laboratory of Amishi Jha at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to play an important role in a novel research line at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience (attention and working memory) and cognitive training (e.g., mindfulness training) in adults.

Competitive applicants should have fMRI expertise, with a publication track record using MRI-based imaging methods. This position requires technical sophistication and a desire to engage in research as well as play a key role in training others (graduate students and undergraduates) in neuroimaging methods, as part of the launch of a new neuroimaging community in the Dept of Psychology’s new 3T Functional MRI suite.  Experience with a variety of protocols (i.e., ASL, BOLD, DTI) and expertise with analysis methods is necessary for this position. Essential skills also include fantastic organizational and computational abilities, as well as the ability to work well in a research team.

Please submit applications by July 1, 2014 with a planned start date of September 1, 2014. Send materials (via e-mail) including cover letter, CV, the names and addresses of three referees, in one PDF file, to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D (ajha@psy.miami.edu) with subject Line: FMRI Post-doc Position

Contact person:
Amishi Jha
ajha@psy.miami.edu

 

Trainee in Contemplative Sciences

Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

This opportunity will provide training in contemplative science research in the context of a unique long-term (20-year) follow-up contemplative education study of 3rd through 5th grade children exposed to mindfulness-based skills compared to their peers. The study has been funded by the 1440 Foundation and is a partnership with Jon Kabat-Zinn. The mixed methods, multi-site study is half complete, with promising initial results.  Within the context of this ongoing study, the trainee will receive hands-on training in subject recruitment, data organization, interrogation and interpretation, and reporting/dissemination of results under the supervision of David R. Vago, PhD, a faculty Investigator in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Department of Psychiatry, Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

The trainee will also gain exposure to all aspects of contemplative science research headed by Dr. Vago, who investigates the neurocognitive processes, systems-based brain networks, and biological trait markers supporting mindfulness-based practices and other wisdom-based traditions of contemplative practice including forms of meditation and yoga-based practice in expert and novice practitioners and in clinical contexts. The trainee will also gain some exposure to additional ongoing research in the FNL, and will be encouraged to take advantage of the many conferences and educational opportunities available in the Longwood Medical Area/Harvard Medical School.

The FNL has multiple research initiatives in the contemplative neurosciences with an emphasis on clarifying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders.  The overall aim of the FNL, under the direction of Dr. Emily Stern and Dr. David Silbersweig, is to develop and apply new methods of imaging for the detection, localization, and characterization of final common pathways of major psychiatric disease expression, as a foundation for clinical advances. Functional and structural neuroimaging studies address schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood, personality, cognitive changes associated with chemotherapy, sex differences in brain function in health and disease, normal cognitive and emotional function, and methodological development.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field is required. Background in contemplative practice is preferred, but not required. 20-40 hrs/week commitment is expected.  Expected duration for training is 1 year.

To apply please send cover letter and CV to: David Vago, dvago@partners.org  (617) 732-9113

Contact person:
David Vago
dvago@partners.org

http://davidvago.bwh.harvard.edu/job-opportunities/

 

Human Development and Family Studies Professor & Endowed Chair

Human Development and Family Studies
University of Wisconsin Madison
Madison, WI

Degree and area of specialization: 
Candidates must have a PhD (or MD) in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Psychiatry, or a related discipline.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Evidence of excellence in a program of scholarly research, a record of external funding, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship are required. The primary focus of the position is scholarship centered on the promotion of positive child and family outcomes through application of secular contemplative practices. Seek applicants who combine the conduct of rigorous research with an interest and experience in the application of knowledge to address significant challenges facing families and society.

Principal duties:
The position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) involves continuing a strong research program, competing for extramural funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching and mentoring undergraduate, MS and PhD students, and service in faculty governance roles. The focus is on investigating and applying secular contemplative practices such as meditation and mindfulness (e.g., to improve the self-regulation of attentional processes and behavior and increase empathy, compassion, and prosocial behaviors) to further child and family well-being. This will occur in collaboration with SoHE faculty and interdisciplinary scholars from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, other departments on campus, and UW-Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs.

We are seeking an eminent scholar who can assist the UW-Madison in building one of the most exciting initiatives in the scientific field focusing on mind, body and family well-being through collaborations among the School of Human Ecology, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Waisman Center/Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the Global Health Institute.

Prefer applicants to have experience in:
- working across disciplines with diverse families in different contexts.
- working with diverse individuals, organizations and communities as defined by cultural, racial, or ethnic background; economic situation; family structure; geographic location; presence of special needs; religious affiliation; or stage of life.
- successfully seeking external funds and resources to support educational programs.
- program leadership, management, and coaching roles.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

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Employee Class: Faculty
Department(s):  SOHE/GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Full Time Salary Rate:  Minimum $80,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:   N/A
Appointment percent:    100%
Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 25, 2014

HOW TO APPLY:
Send to Professor Julie Poehlmann as email attachments (hdfs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu) the following: a cover letter describing your qualifications, program of research, and teaching interests; curriculum vita; representative publications; and at least three letters of reference. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Contact Person:

Julie Poehlmann
hdfs@mail.sohe.wisc.edu
Phone: 608-262-1773
1300 Linden Dr
Human Ecology Building
Madison, WI 53706-1524

Website with more information:
http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/WebListing/Unclassified/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=78629

 

Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Neuroscience or Clinical Neuroscience

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) conducts rigorous interdisciplinary research on healthy qualities of mind such as attention, resilience, kindness, compassion and mindfulness. Scientists at CIHM represent an integrated team with a broad array of research methodologies from behavioral to neuro-scientific. The CIHM engages in basic (40%) and translational (40%) research in addition to providing outreach (20%) with the goal of cultivating healthy qualities of mind at the individual, community and global levels. The CIHM staff and scientists are dedicated to creating a world in which healthy qualities of mind are investigated and valued. The team’s guiding principles include living with integrity and practicing our values in everything we do.

The successful candidate will play a key role in ongoing neuroimaging research on ASD and its treatment using various behavioral strategies. A PhD in Neuroscience, Developmental, or Clinical Psychology is required, as well as experience in neuroimaging research with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Expected position duration is two years with potential for renewal based on funding and performance. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Required:

  • Demonstrated experience in neuroimaging and in research with participants with ASD.
  • Experience with multi-modal imaging including functional, resting state, DTI and structural is helpful.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific communication including speaking and publishing.
  • Statistical acumen in analyzing neuroimaging data.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal, writing and communication skills.
  • Experience imaging individuals with ASD in a research and/or clinical setting
  • Adaptable; self-motivated; and possess a passion for CIHM mission/core values.

Preferred:  Some prior post-doctoral experience.

To apply please send cover letter and CV to:
Brittany Thomson
admin@bi.wisc.edu
(608) 890-0143
http://www.investigatinghealthyminds.org/cihmEmployment.html

 

Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrative Oncology

Division of Psychosocial Oncology Lab
Department of Oncology
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Contact person:
Linda E. Carlson
lcarlso@ucalgary.ca

Through the “Eye’s High” Postdoctoral program at U of C, we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the area of Integrative Oncology, working with Dr. Linda E. Carlson, Professor and holder of the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology. Integrative Oncology is an evidence-based oncology sub-specialty which promotes a system of integrative, collaborative, patient-centered care which uses complementary therapies (CTs) from the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in concert with medical treatment to enhance treatment efficacy, improve symptom control, alleviate patient distress, and reduce suffering. The postdoctoral fellow would be primarily be evaluating Integrative Oncology interventions such as mind-body interventions (meditation, yoga) energy therapies (acupuncture, Reiki) as well as natural health products (foods, food derivatives, vitamins, herbs), and education programs for patients and staff.

Requirements are a completed PhD in clinical or health psychology, nursing, social work, medical science or allied professions not more than two years previously, interest and preferably experience in psychosocial oncology or integrative medicine, and a solid publication record. Salary is $50,000/year CAD for a one year period, beginning Sept 2014.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Carlson: lcarlso@ucalgary.ca, or see the Tom Baker Cancer Centre website.